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  • The President got an Obamacare boost this week by way of New York’s implementation of the exchanges. Will Red State governors relent when they see it working?

    State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.

  • Real doctor smacks down Koch Brothers Obamacare ad.

  • President Cruz?

    So what it all comes down to is if you really believe that Cruz is more dangerous as president than Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie or the rest of the likely field, then you most definitely don’t want him in place just in case 2016 turns out to be a good year for Republicans.

  • If you ever worried whether the Koch brothers can bee defeated remember even the Windows mastodon is being tamed.

    Just when it looked like Microsoft's vision of the PC as the center of the tech world would lead to the creation of the world's first trillion-dollar company, the Internet came along. And it washed over the PC industry like a tidal wave swallowing a pond.

  • Another Conservative split?

    Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of Virginia said Saturday that Gov. Bob McDonnell should consider resigning over the lavish gifts he and his family took from a political benefactor.

    Mr. Cuccinelli, who is running to succeed Mr. McDonnell, went further than he has gone before in criticizing his fellow Republican. His remarks came during a debate with his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe.

  • I loved the President’s speech. That Erick Erickson liked it as well concerns me.
  • Well Sean Hannity hated it so it is all OK.

    I was listening to Sean Hannity when the speech started.  (I was in my car, and in that environment, and where I was driving, a place of poor reception where few NY stations can be received, the signal from WABC boomed into my car.)  Here is how Mr. Hannity reacted:

    "Now the president's saying Trayvon could've been me 35 years ago," ... "This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I'm not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night."

  • .Should reporters reporting leaks ever have the duty to testify?

    A federal court ruled on Friday that New York Times reporter and author James Risen will have to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer charged with leaking him classified information.

    A divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit handed down the ruling that Risen will have to testify in the case of Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, who allegedly gave Risen classified information about efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

  • Thank you Mr. President.

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  •  I read something terrific today (7+ / 0-)

    and in response I borrowed the title "Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies"

    and offered this post in which I examine the piece by Eve Ensler and offer some commentary of mine.

    Perhaps you will take a look, if for no other reason to see why I really think you should read Ensler's piece.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:17:32 PM PDT

    •  The Republican nominee will have an even chance (1+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave

      of winning, no matter who it is, if the incredibly divisive Hillary Clinton is our nominee.

      Chew on that.

      •  i think exactly the opposite (5+ / 0-)

        I do not think there is a Republican on the scene who can beat Clinton in the electoral college

        for the vast majority of women of 50 they will vote for her over any man.  That includes strong majorities of independent women and a fair amount of Republican women.

        She might still win Arkansas, which has fond memories of her.

        She would clobber any Republican among African-Americans.

        It would be impossible to say she is not qualified.

        And my guess is that she wins Hispanics against either Cruz or Rubio, and clobbers any other Republican in that demographic.

        She is far less divisive than most of the Republican names  being floated.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:47:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  She Needs To Do A Lot Better Than This (1+ / 0-)
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          reef the dog

          ....debate in which she does a spot-on of Lindsay Grahams passive aggressive "Benghazi" routine (deleting a few choice adjectives here) that leaves the viewer saying "WTF are they trying to say?"

          Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

          by bernardpliers on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:57:15 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  that would be irrelevant (0+ / 0-)

            because you would be talking about 8 years, during the first four of which she served as Secretary of State with distinction.

            And do not doubt that her husband campaigning for her would be a lot more than the campaigning he did for Obama.

            And Obama would strongly support her against any Republican.

            And for a lot of women, quite frankly they don't care how good a debater she might be, they want a woman, and they will think she has earned it.

            My wife was an Obama supporter from early in 2007.  But she makes clear that for women of her generation Hillary has a huge appeal.

            "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

            by teacherken on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 06:58:48 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  In the words of Nina Turner (3+ / 0-)

          as long as Repubs stay dazzled by dumb and stuck on stupid (likely they will), we need to start thinking what we're gonna call Bubba come January 2017.


          When shit acquires value the poor are born without
          ass-holes.  --Henry Miller

        •  I'm scared by a poll I remember from 2008 (1+ / 0-)
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          reef the dog

          Close to 50% of those surveyed said they would never vote for her under any circumstances. I don't have a citation, sorry.

          Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

          by Dogs are fuzzy on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:24:49 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Romney thought he would win too. (0+ / 0-)
  •  unlike a village, it takes a Russian airport Gulag (2+ / 0-)
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    swampyankee, Shockwave
    A federal court ruled on Friday that New York Times reporter and author James Risen will have to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer charged with leaking him classified information.

    A divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit handed down the ruling that Risen will have to testify in the case of Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, who allegedly gave Risen classified information about efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:18:57 PM PDT

  •  Kochs? In Their 70s. Tick Tock, Boys, Tick Tock (7+ / 0-)

    I'm fairly confident I'll be reading their obituaries some day.

    Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:30:41 PM PDT

    •  Unfortunately they'll leave their organization (1+ / 0-)
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      bernardpliers

      in place when they go, but looking on the bright side, organizations change. Wal-Mart is a very different company than it was when Sam Walton was around; Microsoft is a very different company than it was with Bill Gates at the helm. Who knows whether Kochs' business heirs will do.

      Has it ever occurred to anyone when visiting Orlando that when Mickey Mouse is waving at you, what he's actually trying to say is, "Please, someone get me the *bleep* out of here!! These people are *bleep*ing crazy!!!"

      by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 04:02:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I was watching FOX News today (7+ / 0-)

    (hey, you don't tell a dying man what he can or can't watch on his hospice room TV) and a commercial came on for the new blockbuster book "The Obamacare Survival Guide."

    I assume that the 20 buck price yields advice like "Vote dozens of times to repeal."

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:34:57 PM PDT

  •  Many here seem to think that (7+ / 0-)

    marijuana law reform is just of concern to DFH's and slackers.

    Wise up - look at how utter bullshit is being discussed with ultra-seriousness in the Trayvon case.

    It is CLASSIC Reefer~Madness™ Pot makes you a slack-off looser one moment, a vilent criminal the next.

    The truth is millions and millions and millions of people smoke is daily around the nation and around the world.
    Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama smoked it.

    Dr Newt Gingrich wrote medical marijuana ,aws in the friggin 1980s (before he decided he was the Brain and wanted to take over the world).

    Pot smoking means absolutely nothing in and of itself. No more than that beer or glass of wine you nurse during DWTS or American Idol.

    There isn;t any reason under the sun for it to have been made illegal and certainly no reason to keep it that way.

    marijuana-is-safe-than-peanuts-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-thcfinder

    Republicans and their torporous lovers, the Democrats, keep it illegal for - god knows why, really.

    The point is nobody can offer 1 salient reason to keep it illegal and to perpetuate the sheer horseshit we hear coming out of the airholes on Hannity or the friggin Zman defense team.

    Seriously - as a Democrat and a liberal you cannot believe the shit anymore.

    You don't want to look dumb, do you?

    Legalize.

  •  Excellent Obamacare ad! (4+ / 0-)

    That's a terrific anti-Koch Obamacare ad. I'd really like to see it get lots of play, very effective! I love the plan speaking doctor with the cheshire smile. Priceless!

  •  Ted Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe I missed something, but I thought he's a naturalized citizen?

  •  Obama has come up with a very intersting and... (4+ / 0-)

    ...important scientific proposal;

    Obama's Brain Initiative

    Today at the White House, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
    I don't usually plug my own diary but no other diary about this subject and I should have published at a more popular time.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:42:55 PM PDT

  •  Meandering to avoid doing work,... (3+ / 0-)

    ...I came across this at Bloomberg.  Ignore the confusing title.  The article notes that Dems are not prepping the next generation of candidates the way Republicans are, and that kids are tuning out of organized politics to do other kinds of activism.  Any connection between the two?  Any interest from Dems in maybe changing this?

  •  Reposted health care coverage question (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, micsimov

    I posted this this other day but didn't get any responses.  Trying again:

    Disclaimer: I'm fortunate enough to have always had health care coverage, either through the USAF as a dependent or on my own due to my wife's and my employers. So, I'm relatively uninformed on how health care works for the uninsured. I apologize if I'm asking a stupid question.

    My oldest son is turning 26 later this year and will no longer be covered under our insurance. As with so many his age, he's underemployed in retail while continuing to search for a position more aligned with his professional objectives. His employer, while large, does not offer health care insurance to its retail employees. He lives at our home to reduce his cost of living, because his current average monthly wage would place him firmly below the poverty line.

    However, when he has searched for information on health care coverage through our state exchange (Oregon) it asks for household income, which would include my wife's and my salary. This would make him ineligible for any assistance that otherwise might be available at his income level.

    Does this mean he will have to move out to be accepted into an exchange?  Even if he pays us (below market cost) rent and pays his other obligations?

    I'm unsure how these things work so can't give him much useful advice.  Any suggestions or advice from those more knowledgeable or experienced would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    •  Hmmm... (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think your and your wife's income would count as long as you no longer claim him as a dependent on your taxes. You might want to contact the state exchange tomorrow to clarify, but usually that's how things like that work.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:14:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He Can Get Health Insurance For $200 A Month (0+ / 0-)

      Seriously, if he's not a smoker, does not have preexisting conditions, and doesn't mind a rather high  deductible

      Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 03:35:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Click on the "Thank you Mr President" link above (1+ / 0-)
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    micsimov

    and go see the ENTIRELY predictable outpouring of hate, racism and other conservative characteristics at CNN. (that link goes to my offensive creation - so be forewarned)

    Thank you Mr. President

    I want to say thank you. Thank you. Thank you Mr. President for stepping out and speaking up.

    Thank you for acknowledging our justified anger about the Zimmerman case and placing it within the context of our nations spotty history.

    You are also right in saying that the Black community is not naive about the realities that Black men who are disproportionately the perpetrators and victims of violence in poor Black neighborhoods, emphasis on “poor”. Race and class are closely tied together when you are born black due to our nations history of racism. To be a rich Black man is not a guarantee that you will not be treated like a poor black man. This is our history and this is our context.

    You know very well where the black community is coming from and I want to thank you for having the courage to say so not only as the President of the United States but also as a Black man who happens to be the President of the United States.

  •  Hannity believes that someone who smokes (2+ / 0-)
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    micsimov, JeffW

    pot should die, it seems. Here in MA, you can get a $100 ticket for doing it. That sounds just a smidge more reasonable.

    When you look long into the abyss, make lemonade.

    by kitebro on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:59:37 PM PDT

    •  Smoke it in San Francisco (0+ / 0-)

      you get mentioned on TV in Texas:

      (one of my favorite YouTubes -- I think that dude had a contact high...)

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:20:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Any mention of Hannity (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Omir the Storyteller

    should be accompanied by John Cleese's "tribute", as read by Keith Olbermann:

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:09:01 PM PDT

  •  Hannity's AmeriKKKa (0+ / 0-)

    Memo to Fox "news" audience: propaganda is not news. If Herman Goebbels had a network like Fox we very likely would be speaking German today.

    If we lie to the government, it's a felony...but if they lie to us it's politics.

    by rmb on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:18:04 PM PDT

    •  Zimmerman had no way of knowing (0+ / 0-)

      that Trayvon Martin smoked pot when he gunned him down that night -- it had nothing to do with what Trayvon did but who he was. If a young single Obama had taken a second look at a white woman in certain parts of the South, no one would have cared that Obama had a white mama before stringing him up.

      Is Hannity a Yankees fan? Take Thomas Neal out of his uniform and put him in a hoodie, and he could meet the same fate as Martin.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:33:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  A Bat of Steel? Seriesly? (0+ / 0-)

    Hollywood must be hurting for ideas.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:32:10 PM PDT

  •  Both the Answers video and the Thank You video ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... are great!!  Thanks for including them in the open thread!

    ______________
    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:37:23 PM PDT

  •  Bullshit! (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW
    "I'm not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night."
    We DO NOT know this. It's only a Hannity wet dream. Apparently, several other wingers are having the same fantacy. Now who is really smokin' the dinkie dow here?
    Trayvon had traces of THC in his blood. That doesn't mean he was high that night. He could have consumed it the day before, for instance.


    Glottal fricative and breathy-voiced mid-low central unrounded vowel, repeated.

    by glb3 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:43:44 PM PDT

    •  From the very minute quantity in his system (0+ / 0-)

      it is virtually certain that Martin HADN'T smoked that evening. Or probably for at least a day or two previously.

      Not to mention, if he had been smoking, those Skittles would have been long gone.

  •  Nothing political, but I had to post this photo (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Pam from Calif

    My husband took it yesterday out of our bedroom window.  It's on a low, gently swaying branch.  
    Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 01:46:50 PM PDT

    •  nostalgia... (1+ / 0-)
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      What an extraordinary picture!  It reminds me of an experience I had when I was about four, and a robin built a nest on the secluded, mostly in the shadows window sill of a second-floor room in my house.  I was barely tall enough to see the baby birds when they had hatched, but I did, getting a close-up view something like this.  However, my memory is not as 3-D vivid as this photograph!    Thank you for publishing it.  

  •  I've never understood why idiocy is... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    such a lucrative profession. The compensation far surpasses the efforts of the practitioner. I'm talking to you, Hannity.


    Glottal fricative and breathy-voiced mid-low central unrounded vowel, repeated.

    by glb3 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 02:00:42 PM PDT

  •  DK Quilt Guild Diary (0+ / 0-)

    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 4pm (Pacific) 7pm (Eastern).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    Today's diary is about quilts for dementia patients.

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

  •  Erickson is just trying to compensate for his (0+ / 0-)

    coat-hangar tweets from last week.  Fuck that douche bag.  He'll be attacking Obama for causing global warming the next time he farts within the range of a microphone.   I wouldn't trust Erickson as far as I could throw him (and I have a weak arm).

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 08:25:01 PM PDT

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